out·​bid | \ˌau̇t-ˈbid \
outbid; outbidden\ ˌau̇t-​ˈbi-​dᵊn \; outbidding

Definition of outbid 

transitive verb

: to make a higher bid than : to offer more than … when employers clamor to outbid each other for the services of an engineering elite …— Randall E. Stross

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Reaching their $10,000 limit for the immense mahogany dining table, they were outbid by the owner of a bed and breakfast offering $11,000. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals for Toronto this past season, would seem to be an ideal fit if the Panthers were inclined to outbid the competition. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "As these former Panthers move into the Stanley Cup Finals, Florida prepares for draft | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Man Utd and Man City are thought to be the frontrunners to sign Fred, with the former side believed to ready to outbid their rivals to prevent them strengthening further. SI.com, "Highly-Rated Brazilian Star Reveals Desire to Move to Bigger Club Amid Interest From Man Utd & City," 17 May 2018 Blackstone agreed to buy U.S. hotel owner LaSalle Hotel Properties for $3.7 billion, outbidding a $3.5 billion offer by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Why Blackstone Is Buying LaSalle Hotel Properties," 21 May 2018 United, specifically chief decision maker Ed Woodward, have been hell bent on signing Bale since 2013, even outbidding Real when the player left Tottenham to move to Spain. SI.com, "Man Utd in 'Advanced' Talks Over Gareth Bale Deal as Real Madrid Prepare for Post-Ronaldo Overhaul," 12 July 2018 And Disney is still his opponent: Roberts wants to outbid Disney's $52.4 billion offer to buy 20th Century Fox, one of the few media conglomerates not yet integrated into a content distribution company. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "The Comcast-Disney Battle Isn't Just Business—It's a Grand Human Drama," 7 June 2018 As reported by Reuters, Italian broadcast behemoths Mediaset were outbid by their rivals for the deal, after becoming increasingly concerned over the rising costs of television Italian top tier football. SI.com, "Sky and Perform Seal Major €973m Deal for Serie A Broadcast Rights Until 2021," 14 June 2018 The couple had long had an eye on Mr. Perretta’s distinctive concrete-and-stone style, and before commissioning the new house, they were outbid on another Perretta villa that had come on the market. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Severe Spanish Villa for Easy Outdoor Living," 6 June 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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